The PWC (Post-Wedding Chop)

I was a bad bride. I didn’t work on any of the projects on our DIY list for several weeks. Instead, I was:

  1. Going on fun dates with Mr. Wallaby.
  2. Watching a lot of Shark Tank, a show I recently discovered and now am clearly addicted to.
  3. Cooking way-too-complicated meals that make too many portions. So.much.leftovers.
  4. Organizing Mr. W’s kitchen and bedroom closet, to make way for my things when I moved in the week of the wedding.

Mr. W and I reached a point where we were just ready to get married. All of our vendors were booked, the invitations had been sent, I’d made the favors, I’d collected a mountain of vases for our centerpieces and vintage postcards for our guestbook, my dress was getting its final alterations…we’d been busy as bees!

With the wedding date on the horizon, my thoughts were more centered around post-wedding life. And every time I logged into Pinterest, I started to get hair envy. I’d been growing out my hair since we got engaged in January. I got it trimmed every few months, but other than that, I’d just left it to grow grow grow. My hair doesn’t hold a curl, and I wanted to have it out of the way on our wedding day, so I definitely needed it to be long enough for an updo the day of our wedding. Here’s my hair as of March; it’s grown maybe three inches since our engagement session:


My long, frizzy hair at our engagement session / Photo by Mustard Seed Photography


My hair from the front / Photo by Mustard Seed Photography

I didn’t want to make any major changes before the wedding. I’ve gone short with an inverted bob cut several times since high school, but as an adult my hair has always been long and my natural shade of mousey blonde. If I made any dramatic changes, I don’t think half my relatives would recognize me at the wedding after the six-ish years that have passed since the last family gathering.

Post-wedding, however, all bets are off. I’d like to do something different with my boring old hair to mark the next phase of my life. I’ve thought about trimming it a few inches for a subtly different look:


Elizabeth Olsen’s demure look / Photo via Posh24

But I am getting warmer to the idea of dying my hair instead. I’ve never dyed it, other than going to the salon for partial highlights. It would be really fun to change my whole look. And I’ve had a long-time girl crush on Zooey Deschanel:


Ugh so pretty / Photo via Fanpop

And so, bees, unless someone talks me down, I have an appointment scheduled at my salon the weekend after we return from our honeymoon. I’m going for a trim, bangs, and a full-on dye job. And I can’t wait.

Are you waiting until after your wedding to change your look? Am I 100% crazy for making a drastic change to my hair right after we got married?


Mrs. Wallaby

Wedding Date:
November 2012
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    jadealexaellis 170 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:12 pm

    A change is always good! I am also waiting until after my wedding to go short and blonde. For our wedding my hair will be (hopefully) long-ish and brown. I just feel like it’s best to look like “myself” for our wedding photos and such. But I can’t wait to change it up after 🙂

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 7:36 am

    My hair is super long (mid back or longer) and I’ve never had a drastic cut or highlights or color. I think it’d be fun to do something totally different too!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:02 am

    As someone who has had MULTIPLE shades and lengths of hair, I am in full support of the post-wedding change. Nothing is permanent, so even if you hate it, you can grow it back, dye it again, etc. I totally think you should do it!

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:36 pm

    Change is good!! Plus, right after the wedding is the *perfect* time for it – you’ve been planning and planning for months.. time to let loose! Can’t wait to eventually see what it looks like!

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    charleenbarila 24 posts, Newbee @ 12:22 pm

    I started growing my hair out right after we got engaged so by the time the wedding came around, I was SO ready to chop it off. It was out of control and just heavy (I have really thick wavy hair). So I went to my salon the morning we were leaving for the honeymoon and cut off about 3-1/2 inches and added some layers. It felt amazing! So liberating! And I knew I wouldn’t have to fuss with it on the honeymoon, which made it that much more enjoyable.

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